2017 September part 1

Friday 1st Tom worked 8 to 2:30 while Ella did her normal routine of coffee with friends and then to the senior center for games and lunch.

After picking Tom up from work, we went to a Visitation for Marion, a friend from Cutty’s, who passed away this week.

In the evening, Ella played Card Jackpot while Tom stayed home with an ice pack on his knee. He’ll be very glad when he gets in to see the orthopedic doctor on Tuesday the 5th. Hopefully it will lead to less pain. And hopefully before we go to Santa University on the 13th.

The trees are starting to get dressed in their fancy Fall colors.

Saturday 2nd Our day started with a communal breakfast of “Eggs any style” at Cutty’s Clubhouse. We had eggs, hash-browns, sausage, toast and a drink. We sat and visited with Tom and Sue, Francis and Sandy, and Lela and Liela.

After breakfast we went to Cutty’s Adult Center to retrieve our worship supplies which are stored there. We needed to bring them home so that Sunday we could take them to the Clubhouse for our last Worship Service of the season. We will have a hymn sing and communion.

From there we went to Walmart to purchase super glue.

A deeply torn thumbnail “jist ain’t no fun a t’all”


Tom tore his thumbnail about an eighth of an inch down into the quick. He keeps snagging it on things and it becomes painful. So, he thought he’d mend it with super glue. A drop of glue on the nail and covered with a tiny piece of thin plastic and it will no longer snag. TaDa!

Of course we couldn’t get out of Wallyworld without spending another $50. We bought supplies for the Williams Family Reunion coming up on the 9th.

We had just enough time to get across Des Moines to Marion’s funeral. It was a nice ceremony that celebrated his life and influence on his family and friends. We did not go to the internment which was in a small town in southern Iowa. Tom needed to be back to work the fee booth at Cutty’s from 3-10:30.

The campground was pretty full so it’s a good thing no one else came in to camp. There were only 7 full hookup sites left and 44 water and electric only sites out of approximately 500 sites. Most of Tom’s day was taken up with answering the phone, adding names to the “guest list” and issuing day passes to around 400 guest carloads.


Sunday 3rd Worship service was small, as we expected it would be, because of the long holiday and the change of location.  Other than worship in the morning, Sunday was much the same as yesterday for Tom. Ella stayed home and relaxed.


Monday 4th Labor Day Tom had the day off. As a matter of fact, since the camping season is officially over on Labor Day, the fee booth hours are being shortened and eventually the booth will be closed. Any campers will need to either use their gate key-card or call the office to gain entrance to the park. Tom will work only two more days: Thursday the 7th and  Monday the 11th (Patriots Day).

We went to Cutty’s Cafe for breakfast as well as coffee with friends. The Senior Center in Grimes was closed for the holiday.

Tom made use of the time by getting some more work done on bracing the slide-out rooms. Remember, that for all intents and purposes, the Sierra is a “Park Model” and may not be moved from our seasonal site until we die or get too old to live in it. Because it will not be moving, the slide-outs will remain out all the time. So bracing them takes a load off of the RV’s structure and will help to prevent sagging as well as possible wall/floor separation.

We also tackled a smaller, but much needed project: cleaning out the truck. We have an extended cab and the back seat has been a handy place to “toss” stuff that we don’t need now but may need later. It was time to empty, vacuum, and repack the things we actually need to carry with us most of the time. Things like fire extinguisher, work gloves, bottled water, and our “to go bag”. As RVers, there may come times when it is necessary to “run for cover” from storms or on a brighter side, we may be asked to spend the night with family of friends. Having a bag of extra clothes, extra medications,  health and grooming supplies, first aid kit, emergency blankets and other essentials can come in very handy.

Tuesday 5th We did our normal routine with coffee with friends at Cutty’s Cafe and then to Grimes Senior Center. After lunch we both had doctor’s appointments at the same time (different doctors but just across the street from each other). Tom to see an orthopedic doctor and Ella to see her eye doctor.

Her eyes are fine … not quite 20/20 but considering the coke bottle lenses she had worn since a child … altogether fine to not wear glasses except for reading smallish print.

Health - Page 63.jpgTom had x-rays of both knees. Gee, guess what? Yep, left knee is bone on bone. No wonder it hurts all the time. Eventually, after Santa season, he’ll need knee replacement. However, for now, it will be Cortisone shots every couple of months. That should get him through the long drives to Colorado and back, and then, a week or so later, to Texas.

3 years ago the VA doctor looked at “Tom’s” x-ray and said that he had plenty of space between the bones and it looked like the x-ray of a 17-year-old. Now Tom is wondering if the x-rays may have actually been from a 17-year-old and mixed up by the VA. I hope that the kid didn’t get a knee replacement out of the mix up.

 Wednesday 6th This morning Tom poached some eggs in salsa, warmed some refried beans and tortillas for breakfast. We ate and then hurried into Des Moines for our dentist visit for teeth cleaning. They found a loose crown on one of Tom’s teeth. It was pried off, cleaned out and then re-cemented into place. Ella will need to go back tomorrow for a filling and an extraction.

From the dentist, we went to Walmart for a prescription refill and then to the Grimes Senior Center for games and lunch.

As we came into Cutty’s, we went to our storage trailer to remove items from it. The plan is to have it hauled out for salvage once it is empty. We had nearly everything from under the trailer in its “basement” compartments, Displaying 2017-09-06_17.54.41.jpgwhen Tom was attacked by yellow-jackets. We dropped everything and ran. We got home and looked for Calamine Lotion but couldn’t find any. There was a tube of Aspercreme pain relieving creme which Ella applied to the many stings on his neck, back, and arms. There are about half a dozen stings on his neck alone. Notice the stinger is still in on the lower left of the photo. Once we saw the picture, it was removed.

We will have to sort the stuff we brought home. Some will stay in Iowa. Some will go to Texas and some will be donated or trashed. We still have more to remove from storage but not until it is liberally sprayed with wasp spray.

Village Inn’s Pie Rush Wednesday beckoned us to come have pie with friends at 2:00. Displaying 2017-09-06_17.37.28.jpgSandy and Francis, Tom and Sue, Jean, and Ella and Tom had pie and drinks. The pie was free when we paid for the drinks. Actually, Tom didn’t have a drink. He ordered, “a scoop of ice cream with a slice of Tripleberry under it.” The ice cream cost $.99 and the pie was free.

We played Train Dominoes in the evening and Tom was low score. That would normally mean that he would start next week’s game. However, we will be attending Santa University in Colorado at that time.

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Sunset Wednesday
Sunrise Thursday

Thursday 7th the day started with Tom checking is INR and glucose readings (all good) Then an early breakfast then off to see the dentist. Ella came away with a new filling and one less tooth. We were in and out of the dentist so quickly that we had time to get back for coffee with friends (Keith, Jean, and Lela) at the café.

On the way to the Senior Center, we stopped at Kum N Go for gas. They are the only station in the area that has E-15 gas. E-15 (15% alcohol) is $2.499 compared to $2.839 for regular. Our GMC (Rudolf) is too old for the newer E-85 but he drinks the E-15 just fine.

We also stopped at the post office. I was hoping that my renewed membership card with the International Brotherhood of Real Bearded Santas would be there. It wasn’t. https://www.ibrbsantas.org/

When we arrived at the center, most of the people were at a meeting concerning the Wii Bowling Tournament that the Grimes Center is hosting for all of the local Senior Centers. Because of the meeting, the people we normally play Fast Track were not there. However, Nancy and Ray were so we played a couple of games before lunch.

Lunch was a little strange today, it had no vegetables. It was a slice of processed ham (which looked boiled), hash-browns, and an orange. We did have dessert of apple pie and ice cream.

Ella, because of the tooth extraction, was supposed to eat only soft, cold food. So she had a couple bites of the ham and then ate her pie and ice cream along with Tom’s ice cream.

Tom worked the fee booth from 2-8. Because the “official” camping season ended Labor Day weekend, the fee booth hours keep getting smaller until they disappear altogether the final weekend of September. The campground remains open all year around. However, from October through April you must go to the office to check in. Office hours are from 8:30 to 4:30 at that point.

Thursday is also the night when Cutty’s Café serves a special meal. This week it was spaghetti. Tom thinks that spaghetti is nature’s most perfect food. Ella does not care that much for it. She was supposed to eat cool, and soft. However, she opted to have a flat-bread veggie pizza. Since Tom was working, she brought the supper to him.


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husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and Santa

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